Moving is a daunting task that nobody really likes, and with good reason. If you have friends or family who are moving, the least you can do for them is a small gift to make their new home a bit more comfortable and welcoming. With that in mind, here are 27 great housewarming gifts for men—or anyone—that are sure to please.
The 27 Best Housewarming Gifts for Men
Treat Your Friend for Their Next Move
1. Shot Glasses
You’re going to need something to celebrate the move in, so why not grab these shot glasses from Bodum and start the party. They’re constructed of double-walled insulated glass, so they make a perfect option for espresso and other small drinks too.
Move-ins are hard, so why not reward your friend for a job well done and keep them comfortable in their new place with these luxurious sweatpants from Stüssy.
Someone already got them sweatpants? That’s fine, keep up the cozy vibes and get a pair of these slippers instead.
4. Bluetooth Speaker
Imagine this worst case scenario: You’ve just shown up for the housewarming party and there is no music. It’s unlikely, but it’s happened and nobody deserves that. If you know a friend without a good speaker, save the day and splash on them with a new bluetooth speaker.
5. Felt Hangers
Everyone needs some nice hangers. I switched to felt hangers, and the non-slip nature of these is so convenient I would even wish it upon my worst enemy. Screw enemies though, get these for your friends!
Let me set the scene, your friend just moved into their new apartment, but it’s a studio. Worse yet, they still have their ratty, yellowed dorm sheets and now you have to look at them every time you’re over. They won’t fix it, so you have to. Buy them these sheets and do everyone a favor.
Your friend’s last coffee table literally didn’t exist, so now that they have one, do them a solid and get some quality coasters to protect it. These felt ones by Knoll come in great colors.
8. Bartending Kit
This is the sort of thing that everyone wishes they had, but would never spend the money on themselves. That’s where you come in with the bartending kit. Six months later, your friend is cheffing up cocktails like a scientist, and you get to reap the rewards without any of the effort.
9. Coffee Table Book
You simply can’t go wrong with a good coffee table book. They’re chic, sophisticated, and debonair. Your friend is also in desperate need of some decoration and you remembered that they mentioned Richard Serra once, so here we are.
Everyone needs at least one quality insulated tumbler, so if your friend doesn’t have one or it got lost in the move, please be a kind person and get one for them. They’ll thank you later when they’ve saved a hundred grand on coffee in the next year.
11. Cleaning Kit
I mean, they don’t smell bad, but they don’t smell great either. Luckily, Aesop is fancy enough that it can come across as a luxurious nicety instead of a subtle hint to freshen up. Chalk it up to the move, it’s a sweaty ordeal.
This beautiful candle from Eden Power Corp not only looks amazing, but is made sustainably with recycled wax. The natural looking checkered pattern will bring a nice organic feel to any living room.
13. Room Spray
Weird new apartment smell? No problem. Right next to the refuse room? No problem. Neighbors cooking something questionably rancid? No problem. Grab some of the amazing Diptyque room spray and set that home right.
14. Bedside Carafe
A bedside carafe is one of those things you don’t realize you need until you actually have one. Take it from me, your friend will love you for getting them one of these.
15. French Press
For the coffee lovers. Personally, I love the ritual of slowly making coffee with my french press on a weekend, so if you have a friend like me maybe grab them one. Maybe they love coffee but don’t know that they’ll love the ritual, so it’s worth a shot regardless.
Maybe it’s just a city thing, but apartment lighting sucks. It’s either so yellow that you feel like you’re in a sepia tone photograph from the last century, or so white and sterile you start getting flashbacks to that miserable emergency room trip. Either way, your friend moved and it’s one of those two options. It’s up to you, the good samaritan, to buy them a lamp with normal lighting and liven up their space.
A little extra greenery never hurt anybody, and what better way to pressure your friend into getting some plants by buying them the vase first? Maybe you can team up with someone else too, and they grab the flowers.
18. Catchall Tray
Maybe you have a super messy friend, who never seems to be ready fast enough when you’re trying to go out. They’re looking for their keys, then their vax card, then the phone. Just buy them a catchall tray already.
19. Throw Pillow
Yeah your friend’s new couch is nice. But it’s too deep. Maybe a little cushioning would help. Or you foresee yourself spending nights here after drinks, you never know. Regardless, do yourself and your friend a favor by buying these throw pillows.
Okay so your other friend let you down. You got the vase but they didn’t get anything to put in them. It’s fine. They’ll definitely bring them next time. Instead, grab a cute little succulent to make up for the lack of greenery.
21. Throw Blanket
Oh, your friend just moved into an apartment without central heating? What’s new. Get them a cozy blanket to cope with the reality of living in a city in the 21st century on a working class salary.
22. Wine Rack
Every good home has a wine rack, it’s just a fact. A new move likely means a surplus of gifted bottles anyway, so be the smart friend and buy something to put them all in.
23. Carbon Steel Pan
The ultimate house essential. Carbon steel is the perfect choice as a one-size-fits-most pan, and you can finally get your friend to throw out all those scratched up teflon pans. Now your friend can cook with metal tools, cancer free.
This one really depends on the person, so I suggest you know your friend’s opinions on incense before you go all in on some scents. These ones from Sean Brown are personal favorites, and better yet, it’s a variety pack.
25. Kitchen Towels
You can never have enough kitchen towels. That’s it. They have an infinite number of uses, and can drastically cut down on your waste when you use them over paper towels. These ones from Perigold come in a wide variety of colors to match any home.
Mugs have been cast away as a cheap and tacky gift option, typically with some stupid quip about your relationship with the gift receiver. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Mugs can be cheap and cool if you want them to be, and a good mug is honestly something that never leaves a person’s possession once they’re attached.
It’s about to be 2022, and I cannot believe how many people still cook without an apron. What are you, some kind of caveman? Do you know how expensive this sweater is? Anyway, if you have a friend committing a sin like this please, for the love of god, get them an apron. There are plenty of styles, but we like this Japanese-style one from Crate and Barrel.